A long expedition desert trek in Iran Dasht-e Kavir

Private Tour
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Services

Challenging

Accommodation

  • 4 Nights Camp
  • 1 Night Guesthouse

Meals

  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners

Transport

  • 4WD
  • Private vehicle

Trip Highlights

  • 6 days & 5 nights multi sport desert adventure tour
  • 5 days trekking more than 120 km-passing through many villages and oases
  • Iran Central Desert following part of the historical silk road
  • Explore elegant historic villages such as Kharanagh-Anarak-Mesr and Iraj
  • Visiting Naiin-Anarak and Meybod towns
  • Pass quintessential oases on the trek like Farahzad-Aroosan and Koreh gaz

Included

  • All transportation according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • backpack handling during the trek (up to 15 Kg)
  • Provided gear: eating utensils, tents and camping equipment, sleeping bags, mattress, pillows, duffel bag for non-trek items left at our office

Excluded

  • Entry fee for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Any extra hotel costs such as early check in or late checkout
  • laundry
  • mini bar used in the room
  • Meals not stipulated in the itinerary
  • Tips (optional)
  • Cost of medical immunizations
  • phone calls
  • Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary

Trip Notes

Most travellers travelling to Iran miss out the opportunities of Iranian deserts. Some of them just touch the desert and have no idea about the attractions of this quintessential place. Trekking in the central desert would be a great opportunity for hikers as this area is fabulous and untouched without many tourists.
This expedition journey is suitable for those who wish to have long trekking. This tour is a combination of different types of landscapes in the heart of Dasht-e Kavir with local cuisine and open air desert camps, combined to create an epic and unforgettable atmosphere that will help one imagine early travelers with their caravans of merchandise crossing the desert on the Silk Road. Our crew of professional desert drivers with 4x4 vehicles will support us during the trek and an expert English speaking desert tour guide would be with the group.
On this trip we provide a memorable journey, an adventurous 5 days trek in the heart of the desert along with exploring desert towns.
The tour will get you out of modern vehicles into the desert on foot. Camels will carry all the supplies necessary for such trips. The route chosen is part of the ancient Silk Road that was in more or less continuous usage for about 2000 years before modern transportation put an end to it. The same route was taken by a recent Swedish explorer by the name of Sven Hedin who followed this path in about 100 years ago.
We will be covering a variety of terrains, including oasis, mountain slopes, heavily weathered rock formations, sand dunes, salt dunes and other large scale crystalline formations. We will pass an old underground water reservoir, date palm orchards and ancient villages with still standing primitive buildings. It is worth stopping in these villages in order to taste some of their local food offerings. The best season for this tour is from September to May but the best time in terms of climate and temperature is from October to December and March to April. We start from Esfahan but there is an option to start from Yazd or Tehran and you can finish in Tehran, Yazd or Esfahan as well.

Itinerary

  • Desert journey will start from Esfahan at 8 AM driving around 450 km taking around 5-6 hours. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel. You will have stops in Naiin and Anarak. We will check-in, have lunch and take some rest. You are free to walk around the village and see the beautiful sunset of the oasis. In the evening you have a locally made dinner. The night time would be a great opportunity to watch the stars of the desert. Overnight stay in the guest house.

    Accommodation
    Guesthouse
    Meals
    Lunch
    Dinner
    Transport
    Private vehicle
  • We will start from caravanserai early morning driving around towards the desert. Start desert trekking through the sand dunes. Full day desert trekking to the camp.  We will have dinner in our camp enjoying the beauty of the desert sky and you can see the millions of the stars in the desert night. Overnight stay in tent.

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • 6.00 a.m. early morning rise up to see the sunrise and then the breakfast. Afterwards off into the sand dune. After a couple of hours of hiking we will get to a viewpoint on the top of the big hill. We have a view of the desert area from there. We have time for photography and rest. Then continue our trek towards the oasis.  

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • 6.00 AM Rise, breakfast and off into the sand dune. After about 3-4 hours of hiking we will get to a stunning area of mountain and desert. The area is about 30 Km and is a superb subject for photography and just wandering through in all directions. We will give you plenty of time to wander around and enjoy this special place. We will continue heading east going through the rest of the trek and will camp in the area for the night.

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Our usual 6.00 a.m. rise. Another hiking day towards the small and beautiful oasis. We will pass beautiful different landscapes. On the way we stop for the lunch. We will arrive in the. It is a small oasis village with old buildings, spring drinking water, garden and we will spend the night with the villagers and enjoy the silence of the oasis.

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Today we wake up at 8.00 AM, and after breakfast will continue our sojourn through the desert landscape. Today we are going to have half day walking (12 km). In the noon time we will arrive at an old and abandoned desert oasis. We have lunch there and then 4×4 desert tour through the heart of the desert. The place is a flat area and you cannot recognize the direction. Afterward drive to the Salt Lake which is taken 1 hour. After photography and walk around the lake we drive back to Esfahan

    Accommodation
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Transport
    4WD
Iran Central Desert, Kavir Markazie Iran,  Dasht-e Kavir, also known the Great Salt Desert, is a large desert lying in the middle of the Iranian plateau, about 300 kilometers east-southeast of capitol of Tehran. The desert is about 800 kilometers long and 320 kilometers wide, and composed of mud and salt marshes (kavirs). Tens of millions of years ago, this region was occupied by a salt-rich ocean that surrounds a small piece of continent in what is now central Iran. As the ocean dried up, it left behind a layer of salt as much as 6 to 7 kilometers thick.
Over time, the layer of salt was buried under a thick layer of mud. But salt has a fairly low density — lower than the layer of mud and rocks underneath which the salt layer lay. So it started pushing up through the overlying sediment and eventually, over millions of years, the salt broke through and formed domes. The salt domes of Dasht-e Kavir are probably some of the best examples of this geological phenomenon.
Geologists have identified about 50 large salt domes in this region. Some of the domes have been eroded away by wind and rain exposing its cross-section.
Although it looks like a hard surface, the salt crust is only a few inches thick, below which lies soft grease-like mud the Iranians called “Charbeh” that is extremely difficult to get out of if one were to get stuck. Because of this travelling in Dasht-e Kavir is extremely dangerous. The soil is sterile and not suitable for cultivation. The desert is almost uninhabited and only partly explored. Human settling is restricted to scattered oases, where wind-blocking housing constructions are raised to deal with the harsh weather conditions. Some live in the hills and the surrounding mountains. Wild sheep, camels, goats and Persian leopards also live in the mountainous areas.